Canzona per sonare II

From Wind Repertory Project
Giovanni Gabrieli

Giovanni Gabrieli (ed. King)

Subtitle: From 'Canzoni per sonare con ogni sorte di stromenti,' Venice, 1608

General Info

Year: 1608 / 1959
Duration: c. 2:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Editions Musicales Alphonse Leduc
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $19.95


Full Score
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Italian composer Giovanni Gabrieli (1554?-1612) was among the most influential musicians bridging the Renaissance and Baroque stylistic periods. His prestigious position as organist and chief composer for Venice's famed Saint Mark's Basilica made him one of the best-known composers in Europe. Canzon Secunda a 4 (Second Song for 4) is one of four canzoni by Gabrieli included in Canzoni per sonare (Songs to Play), an anthology of works by a number of different composers first published in 1608. They are among the earliest works intended for performance specifically by instruments rather than by voices, and this anthology helped pave the way for what would soon become the new Baroque concerto style, which remains popular to this day.

- Program Note compiled by Dave Strickler

There were two Gabrielis in sixteenth century Venice, the uncle Andrea (1532/1533– 1585) and the nephew Giovanni (1554/1557–1612). They both worked with Orlando de Lassus at the court of Duke Albrecht of Bavaria, and both were organists at St. Mark’s Basilica, the chapel of the Doge of Venice. Many of their works were published in retrospective volumes and the Sacrae Symphoniae (1597) included religious vocal and instrumental works by Giovanni.

The instrumental pieces in the Sacrae Symphoniae are either titled canzonas or sonatas. The canzonas originated as arrangements of chansons -- a type of French polyphonic songs. Gradually the canzonas became independent of their chanson models, and those published by Giovanni were all original compositions. These pieces were played during the epistle and post-Communion of a church service.

- Program Note from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band concert program, 2 October 2017


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State Ratings

  • Indiana: 073 Brass Quartets
  • Texas: Brass Quartet Class I
  • Wisconsin: Event 4854 Brass Quartet Class A


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  • University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) Symphonic Band (Preston Weber, conductor) - 15 April 2021
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Rob Taylor, conductor) - 26 February 2021
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City) Symphony Band (Tyler Strickland, conductor) - 10 December 2020
  • Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Tx.) Meadows Wind Ensemble (Jack Delaney, conductor) - 11 September 2020
  • Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge) Symphonic Band (Kelvin Jones, conductor) – 23 April 2019
  • University of Georgia (Athens) Hodgson Wind Symphony (Andrew Blair, conductor) – 14 November 2018
  • University of British Columbia (Vancouver) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Robert Taylor, conductor) – 6 October 2017
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Symphonic Band (Mark Norman, conductor) – 2 October 2017
  • San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Wind Orchestra and Cuesta Wind Ensemble (Jennifer Martin, conductor) – 19 March 2016
  • Canadian Brass
  • Central Washington University (Ellensburg) Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble - 30 October 2009

Works for Winds by This Composer

Adaptable Music

All Wind Works


  • Gabrieli, G.; King, R. (1959). Canzona per sonare, No. 2 : From canzoni per sonare con ogni sorte di stromenti (Venice, 1608), For Four-Part Brass Choir [score]. Editions Musicales Alphonse Leduc: Paris.